Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Why do adults collect toys? Also a BIG thank you for the 15,000,000 (15 million) page views so far

A BIG Thank You to everyone who has visited and contributed in one way or another to my toy blog TOY HAVEN :) It has officially crossed the 15,000,000 (15 million) page views mark and with all your continued support, I hope to see the numbers continue to grow. It's even more bizarre when my Google+ profile says I've had 372,165,702 views (as at the time this is posted) since I don't quite know how the numbers come about! When I started out in July 2007, I never imagined that this toy blog would ever reach this milestone and now that it has, I only have everyone to thank for it. Guess it's the appropriate time to do some soul searching and ask the question "Why do we still collect toys?" (especially the adults among us haha)


Well, according to wiki: It has been speculated that the widespread appeal of collecting (in general) is connected to the hunting and gathering that was once necessary for human survival. For some people, collecting things may be a symbolic way of asserting power over them.

The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. The scope of collecting is unlimited: "If something exists, somebody somewhere collects them." That is true even for toys as they come in all forms, shapes and sizes.


Some collectors are generalists with very broad criteria for inclusion, while others focus on a subtopic within their area of interest. Some collectors accumulate arbitrarily many objects that meet the thematic and quality requirements of their collection, others — called completists — aim to acquire all items in a well-defined set that can in principle be completed, and others seek a limited number of items per category (e.g. one representative item per year of manufacture or place of purchase). The monetary value of objects is important to some collectors but irrelevant to others. Some collectors maintain objects in pristine condition, while others use the items they collect, and still others collect items that once belonged to famous people.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Enterbay 1/6 Leslie Cheung as Ning Caichen (or Ling Choi San) from "A Chinese Ghost Story"

A Chinese Ghost Story is a 1987 Hong Kong romantic comedy horror film starring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, and Wu Ma, directed by Ching Siu-tung, and produced by Tsui Hark. The film was popular in Hong Kong and several Asian countries, including South Korea and Japan when released. Most notably it boosted the stardom of Joey Wong, won Leslie Cheung popularity in Japan, and sparked a trend of folklore ghost films in the Hong Kong film industry, including two sequels, an animated film, a television series and a 2011 remake.

Leslie Cheung plays Ning Choi-san (寧采臣), a timid debt collector whose job requires him to travel to rural areas. One night, he takes refuge in a deserted temple in the forest on the outskirts of a town because he ran out of money due to his inability to collect the debts as initially planned. Ning meets a beautiful and alluring young maiden called Nip Siu-sin and falls in love with her. However, when he later recalls that night's events the next day, he becomes increasingly fearful and superstitious because a Taoist mystic told him that the people he saw at the temple were ghosts.


This is Enterbay's 1/6 scale version of Leslie Cheung as Ning Choi-san (寧采臣) in A Chinese Ghost Story. I guess they believe there's a demand in the market for this 12-inch figure. Joey Wong as Nip Siu-sin (聶小倩) would make a beautiful companion piece but don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

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Hot Toys Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (Emily Browning) 28cm Female Figure Review II

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In the 2011 science fiction fantasy film "Sucker Punch" directed by Zack Snyder, a young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. In the fantasy sequences, the mix of weaponry in the film spans several decades from the time period of the reality depicted in the film. The women in the film also underwent extensive training with former Navy SEALs in both weapons handling as well as room clearing techniques.

When Babydoll (Emily Browning) fantasizes she is in feudal Japan, she meets the Wise Man (Scott Glenn). After she expresses her desire to "escape", the Wise Man presents Babydoll with weapons and tells her that she would need to collect five items: a map, fire, a knife, a key, and a fifth, unrevealed item that would require "a deep sacrifice" but bring a "perfect victory".


Baby Doll (Emily Browning) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with a tiny red dot sight, a flashlight, and two magazines taped together during the assault on the dragon's lair. Hot Toys 1/6 scale M7 comes with all except the double magazine. Besides the MP7, the Wiseman (Scott Glenn) also presented Baby Doll with a nickel plated engraved M1911A1 pistol with spare magazines (and small jewelry attachments - trinkets attached by cord to the lanyard ring).

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review 1: Hot Toys Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (Emily Browning) 12" Collectible Figure

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (approx 12-inch) Female Collectible Figure was released in May 2012 to much hype and fanfare. She was hot and all the reviews were good. I missed out on this figure due to other commitments and was glad to be able to get her again this year, at a much lower price then the original. In fact, I was able to get both Hot Toys Sucker Punch female figures for the price of one which just makes me one happy collector :) See my haul of September 2014 posted HERE

Sucker Punch is a 2011 action-fantasy thriller film about the fantasies of a young woman who is committed to a mental institution by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. It was written by Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya and directed by Snyder. The film features an ensemble cast starring Emily Browning as the central character (Babydoll), Abbie Cornish (as Sweet Pea) and Oscar Isaac (as Blue).


I liked how the movie drew inspiration from the Japanese anime / manga genre where the star of the film is usually a female (heroine) who kicks ass and take names, no quarter asked and none given (Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi - pictures HERE and Appleseed Deunan Knute - pictures HERE and HERE comes to mind). Plus in the film, Babydoll fights giant samurais in feudal Japan, then teams up with her fellow dancers to take on steampunk inspired World War I German soldiers, dragons, and killer robots on an alien world, all on their quest for freedom. And Babydoll does all these while dressed in a provocative schoolgirl costume, much like the gals in the Japanese shōjo manga series "Sailor Moon" but more closely associated with Seya in "Blood: The Last Vampire", where she wears almost the exact same schoolgirl outfit whilst wielding a katana (check out preview pictures of Phicen Limited Artistic Interpretation 1:6 scale The Last Female Student Collector Figure HERE).

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 2014 Haul: Batman, Play Toy 1/6 Villain, Sucker Punch 12" Babydoll and Amber

These were some of my haul in September 2014, besides my STGCC 2014 haul which was also in September (posted earlier HERE). I got the Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive DC Comics 1/6th scale Blue & Gray Batman 12-inch action figure, and the Play Toy 1/6 scale The Villain 12-inch figure which was most probably inspired by Jean-Claude Van Damme's (JCVD) portrayal of international criminal and arms dealer Jean Vilain as seen in "The Expendables 2", which also starred Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also part of my haul are the pair of Hot Toys Sucker Punch Babydoll and Amber 12-inch female action figures.


Batman and Vilain are newly released figures whereas Babydoll and Amber were released in 2012. I had missed out on the gals from Zack Snyder's 2011 fantasy action film "Sucker Punch" due to other commitments at the time but chanced upon the pair recently at a much reduced price. It was as good as getting the two figures for the price of one. Now how could I resist that? Sure, Hot Toys never completed the five-member group with Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea, Jena Malone as Rocket and Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie missing from the line-up but these two gals were certainly up to the mark in terms of sculpting and screen accuracy.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Comparison pictures of OE Killer Instinct Righter with Sam, Princess Jun, Vis Eris, Raiden & Boom

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Having done a two-part review of the recently released Original Effect OE Killer Instinct series 1/6 scale Righter 13.5" tall female action figure HERE and HERE, I think it's a good time to do comparison shots of OE Killer Instinct Righter with OE Killer Instinct Sam. After all, they are both supposed to be from the same series and yet they both look so different from each other in terms of uniform / outfit. Killer Instinct Sam looks rather rugged as if she lives in a post-apocalyptic world whereas Killer Instinct Righter looks like she came from a sci-fi futuristic world. Whatever it is, I like them both :) from their anime / manga looking stylized female head sculpts to their different outfits. I actually prefer this series to OE's original Army Attractive series of which 1/6 scale Viola female action figure was the first. Check out my review HERE and HERE.


It's funny how when I first started my toy collecting hobby which then transcended to 1/6 scale action figures, I never thought I would be collecting 12-inch female figures. Looks like I have quite a few of them in my collection now. And OE's female figures are not even 12 inches tall but taller at 13 inches (without heels). With the heels added, they are 13.5 inches tall which makes them giants in the 1/6 scale world.

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Check out these Kotobukiya Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues

Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for portraying Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (along with its spin-offs and the acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City).

In celebration of Mark Hamill's birthday this year, Kotobukiya posted this picture of their Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues alongside Han Solo and Chewbacca. Lots of Star Wars announcements recently, with Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1/6th Scout Trooper Figure (previewed HERE) and the Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale Speeder Bike (pictures HERE) as well as the Hot Toys MMS261 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th Han Solo 12-inch Collectible Figure (posted HERE) and Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th Chewbacca 14-inch Collectible Figure (pictures HERE)


George Lucas' multi-film Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on modern American popular culture. Star Wars references are deeply embedded in popular culture; references to the main characters and themes of Star Wars are casually made in many English-speaking countries with the assumption that others will understand the reference. Darth Vader has become an iconic villain. Phrases like "evil empire" and "May the Force be with you" have become part of the popular lexicon. The first Star Wars film in 1977 was a cultural unifier, enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people.

And these four (Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Peter Cushing as Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia) have played a very big role in making Star Wars such a success. Scroll down to see more pictures of Kotobukiya Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues. Click on them for bigger and better views.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Preview DAM TOYS Item #78020 1/6 scale SPETSNAZ in DAGESTAN 12-inch military figure

The Invasion of Dagestan, also known as the War in Dagestan, began when the Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade (IIB), an Islamist militia led by warlords Shamil Basayev and Ibn al-Khattab, invaded the neighboring Russian republic of Dagestan on 2 August 1999, in support of the Shura of Dagestan separatist rebels. The war ended with a major Russian victory and the retreat of the IIB. The Invasion of Dagestan was the casus belli for the Second Chechen War. (source; wiki)

Despite the initial poor showing of the government forces (for example, military helicopters were hit by anti-tank guided missiles during a rebel raid on the Botlikh airfield), Moscow and Makhachkala were able to put together an impressive fighting force. For instance, the light infantry units were partially drawn from the Spetsnaz, paratroopers and naval infantry, crucial to mountain and counter-insurgency warfare.


Looks like more 12-inch Russian military figures are coming our way. This is the DAM TOYS Item #78020 1/6 scale SPETSNAZ in DAGESTAN 12-inch military figure. It will come with 1/6 scale head sculpt, DAM 12-inch action 2.0 narrow shoulders body, tactical glove palms x 3, helmet and cover (OD), 3 holes balaclava (blk), shirt (OD), GORKA E suit (SS Summer), GORKA E pants (SS Summer), straps for pants, leather boots (blk), VM Armor vest (flora), Lazutchik chest rig (OD), MID pouch (OD), Buttpack (OD), VX radio pouch (OD), Radio PTT, 1-Quart canteen cover (woodland), 1-Quart military canteen (OD), AKS-74U short assault rifle, AKS-74U 60-round magazine (blk), AKS-74U 30R magazine x 2 (blk), AKS-74U 30R magazine x 2 (brown), AKS-74U Hidder, AKS-74U Silencer, AKS-74U Sling, KOBRA Red dot, KOBRA Red dot mount, KOBRA Red dot hood, Stetchkin APS pistol, Pistol magazine x 2 + 1, Pistol double magazine pouch (leather), Stetchkin APS pistol, wooden holster cum butt, wooden holster - butt sling (leather)

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale Marvel Merc with a Mouth Deadpool 12" Action Figure

You can Pre-order this from Sideshow Collectibles

Launching Sideshow Collectibles' highly-anticipated Marvel Sixth Scale collection..."Here comes DEADPOOL!"

Armed to the teeth with guns, puns, and things that go boom, Sideshow's fully articulated Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure is ready to break through any obstacle - especially the proverbial fourth wall.

Decked out in his iconic hand-tailored red and black costume, super-studly Wade Wilson comes with two handsome portraits and tons of goodies, including long and short stabbing weapons, two bitchin' pistols, a Whoop Ass-ault rifle, and Big Boomin' Balls. Famous for his over-the-top personality, Marvel's Merc with a Mouth can fully express himself with multiple swap-out hand gestures and plug-in word bubble accessories, customizable with explicit thoughts and witty words. All we have to say is, "You're welcome, mankind."


Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale Marvel Comics Deadpool 12-inch Action Figure will come with Fully Articulated Super Studly Lady Magnet Body, Handsome Portrait #1, Handsome Portrait #2, Undershirt, Lady Killer Bodysuit, Tactical Harness with Various Pouches and Stabby Thing Sleeves (sheaths), Two (2) Bitchin' Pistols, Whoop Ass-ault Rifle, Two (2) Long Stabby Things (Katanas),One (1) Short Stabby Thing (Knife), Two (2) Big Boomin' Balls .. hehe..., R/L Fists, R/L Trigger Hands, R/L Stabby Thing Hands, Left Support Hand. Left Victory, Two Finger Pointer, Peace, Chingadera Hand; Right A-OK, @&$%#! Hand. Right Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Tasty Chimichanga Hand. R/L Feet with Totally Awesome Boot Sculpts, Figure Support Stand. Optional Plug in Word Bubbles for Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words, Sheet of Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words. Sideshow Exclusive: Headpool with Float Wire Exclusive Bonus

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Preview KUMIK 1/6th "Jenn" The Hunter in The Game (Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen)

"May the odds be ever in your favor!"

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the "tributes" are required to fight to the death until there is one remaining who will be crowned the victor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the games. Joined by her district's male tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th Chewbacca 14" Collectible Figure

With Hot Toys’ acquisition of the right to manufacture collectibles for the Star Wars universe, fans can expect to see a large spectrum of high-end collectibles from this iconic saga in the near future!

Following the official reveal of the 1/6th scale Han Solo Collectible Figure, we wouldn’t forget about Han Solo’s trusty sidekick, the legendary Wookiee – Chewbacca! Many Star Wars fans have been longing for a high quality Chewbacca collectible figure for a long time and today Hot Toys is proud to present the highly-detailed Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Chewbacca Collectible Figure!


The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chewbacca in the film featuring a newly developed body, brown fabric hair throughout whole body that captures Chewbacca’s unique appearance, highly detailed bowcaster, accessory, and a specially designed figure stand. 

Star Wars fans shouldn’t pass up the chance to pre-order this incredible one-of-a-kind collectible figure and don’t forget to also add Chewie’s partner, Han Solo, to your collection!

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Hot Toys MMS261 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th Han Solo 12-inch Collectible Figure

"Here's where the fun begins." – Han Solo

Hot Toys has always been a big fan of the iconic Star Wars saga and we are thrilled to have acquired the official right to manufacture collectibles from the Star Wars universe this year!

We will bring fans a large range of high-end collectibles with movie-accurate details and stunning likeness! To kick off this incredible series, Hot Toys is very excited to introduce the 1/6th scale collectible figure of the infamous smuggler, Han Solo, from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope!


The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the film and features a newly developed body, highly detailed costume, weapons, accessories, and a specially designed figure stand.

A special edition that is available for selected markets will include an additional Stormtrooper belt and blaster rifle which Han Solo has used on Death Star.

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Pre-order ThreeZero RoboCop 2014 1/6 scale OmniCorp EM-208 12-inch robot figure full reveal

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. One of Omnicorp's many robotic creations, the EM-208s are used together with the ED-209s as ground troops.

Like big brother ED-209, EM-208 offers the full media suite: 360 infrasonic cameras, audio targeting, and real-time backup. Vocal mediation cued in over 1,500 languages with 500+ regional dialects remotely updatable. Microscopic solar O-cells chemically bonded into O-Shield armor form the lightest fueling system ever devised, drawing power from the stars and storing bio-galactic fuel for up to 48 hours of Battle-level 5 activity.


ThreeZero has just announced the first pre-order from RoboCop line of collectibles and it's going to be EM-208. They have put all their experience to replicate EM-208 design in 1/6th scale and showcase all the details with lifelike weathering. The EM-208 is a military enforcement robot created by OmniCorp, you can test his AI in sparing battles with RoboCop V1 and V3, which ThreeZero will be rolling out for pre-order later this year.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Original Effect OE Killer Instinct series 1/6 scale Righter 13.5" tall female action figure Review II

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Here's the fully suited up Original Effect OE Killer Instinct series 1/6 scale Righter 13.5" tall female action figure wearing her Chemical protective jacket over her "corset" which was shown in greater detail in the previous post. This complete look with the sci-fi vibe was what attracted me to this figure, the second in the OE Killer Instinct series, the first being Killer Instinct Sam female figure - see my reviews HERE, HERE and HERE, with comparison pictures HERE which looks completely different from this one. It's almost like they are both from different worlds.


OE Killer Instinct Righter comes with Corset, Dovetail collar, Armed belt, Chemical protective jacket, Uniform cloak, Anti-explosion T-sticks x 2, High boots, Hands with gloves. Her two weapons are anti-explosion T-sticks which look a lot like tonfas used by ninjas in ancient times (see my post HERE) and which inspired the side-handle batons (sometimes referred to as T-batons or Nightsticks) used by law enforcement agencies in modern times.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

POP TOYS 1/6th “The man on the top of food chain” EX001 Wildness Survivor - Jungle version

"Bear" Grylls (born 7 June 1974) is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild (2006-2011), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the United Kingdom and the United States.

This will be POP TOYS’ first boxed 1/6 scale action figure — “The man on the top of food chain” — EX001 Wildness Survivor, Jungle version.

In order to guarantee the quality of the product, we take very long time to do research and development. Thank you for all the players’ attention and support during this period of time. Real quick drying waterproof fabric is used to reappear wearing effect of this product; epoxy resin is used to manufacture the pool to reappear the real jungle scene; wood base and inscriptions are added to make the product more valuable. To cope with the image of man stand on the top of the food chain, we choose three kinds of representative “food” — spider, scorpion and salmon as accessories. We really expect that players will like this well-made product.


POP TOYS will release EX series — exquisite boxed action figure. There will be more themes of this series in the future, please expect!

POP TOYS 1/6 scale “The man on the top of food chain” EX001 Wildness Survivor - Jungle version will come with High simulation head sculpt, 12-inch figure Body, Jacket, Pants, Belt, Outdoor backpack, Hands, Climbing boots, Survival machete, Small survival knife, Water Bottle and carrier, Survival bracelet (Hand-woven), Climbing rope, Watch, Skydiving goggles, Branches (with small survival knife), Spider, Scorpion, Salmon, Crocodile skull, Scene platform

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Review 1: Original Effect OE Killer Instinct series 1/6 scale Righter 13.5" tall female action figure

This was part of my haul from August 2014 (posted HERE)

Having already gotten Original Effect's first released Killer Instinct Sam female figure - see my reviews HERE, HERE and HERE, with comparison pictures HERE - this second Killer Instinct figure recently got my attention as well, enough to make me pre-order and now, here she is.

What got me interested in Righter was not only just the head sculpt but also the outfit. While the OE Killer Instinct Sam female figure was all dirty and bare like a car mechanic, Righter looks like she just stepped out of a space craft or something sci-fi, with her very cool and sleek uniform, including the high boots. I liked the whole anime / manga vibe about her.


But before we go any further, the picture you see above of Killer Instinct 1/6 scale Righter is NOT her in her complete outfit / costume. I've stripped her to the basic outfit to show what she wears underneath her protective jacket and cloak. What she has in her gloved hands are "Anti-explosion T-sticks" although they look very much like tonfas which were used by ninjas in ancient times (see my post HERE) and which inspired the side-handle batons (sometimes referred to as T-batons or Nightsticks) used by law enforcement agencies in modern times.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

ACI Toys AM002 The Lord of the Rings 1/6 scale Aragorn (Exclusive) 12" figure is too expensive!

In the "The Lord of the Rings" epic fantasy film series directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), Viggo Mortensen played the role of Aragorn. Dubbed Strider, Aragorn is a Dúnedain ranger and the heir to Gondor's throne. Daniel Day-Lewis was offered the part, Nicolas Cage also received an offer, but Stuart Townsend was cast in the role, before being replaced during filming when Jackson realized he was too young. Mortensen's son, a fan of the book, convinced him to take the role. Mortensen read the book on the plane, received a crash course lesson in fencing from Bob Anderson and began filming the scenes on Weathertop. Mortensen became a hit with the crew by patching up his costume and carrying his "hero" sword around with him offscreen.

I would love to have this figure but alas, am not willing to pay the HIGH asking price which is too much IMHO Right now I have the Sideshow Collectibles The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings 1/6 scale Aragorn as Strider the Ranger 12-inch figure which was released many years ago (check out the pictures HERE)


ACI Toys AM002 The Lord of the Rings 1/6 scale Aragorn (Exclusive) 12-inch figure Features Highly Detailed and Sculpted Head with synthetic hair wig and the authentic likeness of Aragorn as played by Viggo Mortensen. Painted Medium Built Body - Christian, New improved version with over 30 points of articulation.

Fully Authentic Costume includes : Elven cloak with Elven Leave brooch, Bracers of Gondor, Grey tunic, Brown vest / sleeveless jerkin, Leather jacket, Black pants, Belt with buckle, Boots. All with detailed worn effect

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pre-order the Mazinger Z: Aphrodite A Collectible Figure by Threezero from Sideshow Collectibles

You can pre-order this from Sideshow Collectibles

Aphrodite A is a giant mech originally built as a symbol for peace by Dr. Yumi from the remains of Aphrodite for geological research. Although this mech originally lacked weapons, it was later upgraded for combat with the Koushiryoku Missiles for offensive battle so that his daughter, Sayaka Yumi, could pilot Aphrodite A alongside her love interest, Koji Kabuto, in Mazinger Z.

Sideshow Collectibles and Threezero are thrilled to introduce the 15" tall Aphrodite A Collectible Figure from the hit Japanese manga, Mazinger Z. Aphrodite A features a metallic paint application that highlights the attention to detail and Threezero's signature weathering effects. The figure is fully-articulated, including the fingers, and includes light-up LED eyes, cockpit and afterburners on her backpack. Aphrodite A also includes Koushiryoku Missiles that actually eject from her chest. These missiles caused the unintentional destruction of Minerva X.


Threezero Mazinger Z: Aphrodite A Collectible Figure stands 15 inches tall and will come with Highly detailed mechanic parts, Incredible paint application to highlight details and weathering effects. It is a Fully posable figure with Articulated fingers, Ejectable breast missiles. Includes Light-up eyes, cockpit and afterburners on her backpack. Requires Battery - AG1 x 6 (batteries not included).

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DAM Toys STGCC2014 Exclusive 1/6 Gangsters Kingdom Spade J 12-inch action figure Review II

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Here's the Dam Toys GK001EX STGCC2014 Exclusive 1/6 scale Gangsters Kingdom Spade J 12-inch figure dressed in all black from flat cap to black hooded sweater over black short sleeve T-shirt with black jeans and black boots. Over the sweater Spade J wears his black locomotive leather jacket. Let's not forget his black sling bag as well. That's quite a few layers of clothing. I actually left out his scarf which wasn't black. You can check out all the contents in my part 1 review post HERE.


This time around, Dam Toys seems to have learnt from their earlier mistake by making the flat cap plastic molded instead of trying to do it using fabric because the paint of the fabric flat cap would rub off on the head sculpt and leave a nasty stain. Which is why many of us have left original Spade J standing without his cap on. Let's break down Spade J's wardrobe layer by layer. We have already seen Spade J with just his black T-shirt and silver chain necklace with his black jeans with belt and boots in the previous post. Let's see how he looks with his black hooded sweater.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

DAM TOYS Gangsters Kingdom - Side Story - 1/6 scale Saxon 12" figure (CICF 2014 Exclusive)

Side Story: Saxon

The hope was promised with sweet taste, but life cannot escape from the bitter ending.

Saxon earned his position in the early years with several little buddies; the K of Spades was the youngest yet most ambitious one among them. Saxon had a dream of establishing his own kingdom.

Together the buddies snatched smaller gangs and swallowed their turfs; little by little they were getting closer to their dream. But the desire of human beings, driven by their greediness, became a monster; they could hold each other in poor, but not in wealth, till eventually death tore them apart… As the gang was only a few steps away from total success, the K of Spades turned away; Saxon was set up and sentenced for life, his wife and children were killed one by one. A desire devoured by another.

However, Saxon already prepared himself a way of escape; he stashed a batch of gold and diamonds before being locked behind bars. The K of Spades beat and tortured him, sent him enough death threats, but K could not get the answer. Saxon got used to all these, until the day he was diagnosed with cancer. He was getting old and skinny; time deepened the wrinkles on his face like a carving knife.


The K of Spades offered him a deal: getting him out of prison to spend his remaining life peacefully with best medical cares, in exchange for the hiding place of the treasure. Albeit hope always being sweet while promised, human’s fate cannot escape from the bitter ending of death. Saxon knew himself wouldn’t survive too long from his cancer, he did not expect any miracle in his remaining life, he was ready to die in prison. But he still held a faith before his inevitable end: revenge. Revenge on the K of Spades. Revenge on anyone related to K of Spades. Revenge. It is a tattoo on human’s heart, which does not fade and cannot be erased.

He made an appointment with the Diamonds family. This is the last thing he must do before his death...

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1/6 scale Speeder Bike by Sideshow Collectibles

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From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to debut the Sixth Scale Speeder Bike. The Scout Trooper (see previous post) is useless without his bike.

Capable of reaching breakneck speeds, Imperial Scout Troopers raced their Speeder Bikes through the forest moon of Endor, whizzing between trees and underbrush in an unforgettable chase against Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, as they attempted to warn the shield generator stations of the Rebel Alliance's presence.


The highly-detailed rapid-transport reconnaissance vehicle boasts a sleek design with a military grade repulsorlift engine, power cell, and simple blaster cannon for defense. Built for maneuverability, it features articulated foot pedals, engine flaps, and steering vanes to achieve the perfect action display, with or without pilot. Collectors can also get a closer look at the details of the craft outlined on the Aratech 74-Z Specification Card, which can be exhibited alongside the figure as a companion accessory.

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1/6th Scout Trooper Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Scout Trooper Sixth Scale Figure.

Far more mobile than Stormtrooper units, Imperial Scout Troopers were assigned to the forest moon of Endor to patrol perimeters, perform reconnaissance missions, and identify enemy positions. Capable of reaching breakneck speeds on their Speeder Bikes, the Scout Troopers raced between the trees in an unforgettable chase against Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, as they attempted to warn the shield generator stations of the Rebel Alliance's presence during the Battle of Endor.


Armed to provide rear-guard cover with their blaster and sniper rifle, the Scout Troopers are trained as efficient survivalists, equipped with lightweight armor, utility belt, sidearm boot holster, and helmets with enhanced macrobinocular view plates for efficient target acquisition. Displayed with a forest terrain base, or piloting the Sixth Scale Imperial Speeder Bike (sold separately), these loyal scouts are ready to be assigned to their post.

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Incoming: ZCWO 1/6 scale United States Riot Police Sets A & B - Shawn & Mason 12" figures

Riot police may be regular police who act in the role of riot police in particular situations or they may be separate units organised within or in parallel to regular police forces. Riot police are used in a variety of different situations and for a variety of different purposes. They may be employed to control riots as their name suggests, to disperse or control crowds, to maintain public order or discourage criminality, to protect people or property, to function as a tool of political repression by breaking up protests and suppressing dissent or civil disobedience.

Riot police often use special equipment termed riot gear to help protect themselves and attack others. Riot gear typically includes personal armor, batons, riot shields and riot helmets. Many riot police teams also deploy specialized less-than-lethal weapons, such as pepper spray, tear gas, rifles that fire rubber bullets, stun grenades, and Long Range Acoustic Devices.


ZCWO 1/6 scale United States Riot Policeman "Shawn" 12-inch figure will come with riot helmet with shield, gasmask, police uniform, riot protective gear including body vest with shoulder protection, elbow pads, forearm protectors, leg protectors, police duty belt with pistol in holster, double pistol magazine pouch, handcuff pouch, baton / night stick, radio in holder, gas mask pouch, plasti-cuffs, baton, riot shield, loud hailer, various gloved hands. Riot Policeman "Mason" comes with a paintball gun! Can't decide which one is cooler. These are certainly not the ones seen recently in the civil unrest that lasted over two weeks in Ferguson, Missouri. Those were dressed in military gear and looked like they were going to war with the citizens.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review 1: DAM TOYS STGCC2014 Exclusive 1/6 Gangsters Kingdom Spade J 12-inch figure

This is the Dam Toys Exhibition Exclusive Spades J (GK001EX) special color edition figure that was released at the recent Singapore Toy Games & Comic Convention or STGCC 2014. This edition was limited to just 300 pieces and was only available at The Falcon’s Hangar, as the distributor of DamToys in Singapore. For my coverage of STGCC 2014 over four parts, you can check out my posts HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

This was actually the third Dam Toys Gangsters Kingdom Spade J figure to be featured by the company. The first Spade J caught many people by surprise because they didn't know about it or pre-ordered it so the released numbers were pretty small and limited, making it a rare and hard-to-find figure. You can check out my reviews HERE, HERE and HERE. Spade J "Ogier" Memories Version (version 2) was recently announced HERE and now this makes three, although this figure has arrived even before version 2 which has yet to be released.


What makes this figure different? Dam Toys actually bothered to put together a whole different outfit for this exclusive Spade J that is different from the other two. The only thing that is the same is probably the head sculpt and body. The fact that there were only 300 pieces released makes it even more special. Hot Toys release their Toy Fair exclusives all over the world at each different toy fair / convention / exhibition and you can even order them at Sideshow Collectibles so that makes it not so hard to get but this figure was only exclusive to The Falcon's Hangar in Singapore. I am just glad that I was able to get hold of this figure and am able to share the pictures with you guys.

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Check out Original Effect OE 1/6 scale Heyar Adas 12-inch figure from animated Nano Core

This will be Original Effect OE 1/6 scale Heyar Adas 12-inch figure from Nano Core animated series (season 1). It will come with a 1/6 scale Head sculpt, 12-inch OE Teenie Body, Underwear, Outerwear, Shoulder Armor, Hands x 3 Pairs. Her entire getup / wardrobe including her legs and feet (high heel shoes) are sci-fi, staying true to the animation.

12-inch figures have certainly come a long way, even those based on the animated series / movies. In 2001, Palisades released a Dr Aki Ross figure from the "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" movie and she is a far cry from the figures of today (pictures HERE). Dr Aki Ross became the first computer-generated character entry in Maxim's Hot 100 for that year LOL


Other notable 12-inch female animated figures that have been released include: Ghost in a Shell / Stand Alone Complex Motoko Kusanagi by Medicom, released in 2008 (posted in my toy blog HERE and HERE) as well as Hot Toys MMS "Appleseed Ex Machina" 1/6 scale Deunan Knute fully pose-able figure (pictures HERE and HERE)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pre-order this 24 inches (61 cm) tall Godzilla Monster Maquette by Sideshow Collectibles

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The world ends, Godzilla begins.

From the visionary 2014 sci-fi action film presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to unleash the world's most revered monster - Godzilla!

When mankind reawakens a titanic breed of terror, codenamed M.U.T.O.s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms), our last hope for survival against these malevolent forces of nature might just lie with the most terrifying giant monster of them all. Designed and developed using original digital assets from the film, Godzilla arrives in all of his glory with awe-inspiring accuracy and detail. Dominating over a landscape reduced to rubble with his atomic roar; don't miss your chance to bring home the big-screen behemoth with this epic work of art, a perfect tribute to the King of the Monsters!


Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla Maquette measures 24" H (609.6mm) x 20" W (508mm) x 19" L (482.6mm)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dam Toys Gangsters Kingdom 1/6th scale Diamond 2 "Alger" 12-inch action figure Review II

continued from previous post...

Here are the complete pictures of Dam Toys Gangsters Kingdom 1/6th scale Diamond 2 "Alger" 12-inch action figure in full getup as he's meant to be seen. The previous post and review provided a look at what Diamond 2 wore underneath the black coat with fur collar as well as detailed shots and pictures taken of his other 1/6 scale accessories, including Black waist chain wallet, Knuckle Duster, shotgun, Fly knife x 4, Brown leather bag, Silver necklace, left hand wristbands + Palm / hand, right hand wrist support + Palm / hand, extra Palms / hands x 3, and sunglasses.

All you see here is just an angry and pi$$ed off fella bringing his pump action shotgun to bear on those he deems his enemies or whoever he's been called to dispose off for the good of the Diamond family, whose ties he has decided to be bound to after biting the hand that fed him. He's Spade no mo' "mofos"!


Diamond 2 may not know what loyalty means but who he looks like is Scott Edward Adkins, an English actor and martial artist best known for playing Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and Undisputed III: Redemption, and as Hector in The Expendables 2. How close is the resemblance? Google "Yuri Boyka" and you'll see.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review 1: DAM TOYS Gangsters Kingdom 1/6 scale Diamond 2 "Alger" 12-inch action figure

Before we get to the Dam Toys Gangsters Kingdom STGCC Exclusive Spade J figure (see previous post), let's look at someone else from the same line by Dam Toys. This is the first Dam Toys Gangsters Kingdom figure that is not from the Spade family. Actually, he was but he became a turncoat and joined Diamond and became Diamond 2 (you always start from the bottom and make your way up the chain)

Alger, the 2 of diamonds, is the key that changes the power pattern of the four families. He used to be the sidekick of the J of Spades. Alger would betray the Spade family and join the Diamonds instead. And so the story goes...


I got this figure sometime back in August 2014 (see my haul HERE) but between taking pictures and blogging about all the exciting toy and figure news about upcoming products, I couldn't find the opportunity to post my reviews until now.

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